Under the renewed Lisbon Strategy for Growth and Jobs, Poland encourages entrepreneurs to increase research and development expenditure.
The strategic objective of Polish innovation policy is to increase performance of businesses as a part of a dynamically growing economy.
Public funds are available for R & D activities to encourage businesses to start their own research and development.
The Operational Programme Innovative Economy 2007-2013 provides support for businesses for carrying out and implementing targeted projects as well as for the financing of expenditure on investment in fixed assets, related to the creation and development of R & D centres.
In addition, micro and small enterprises can obtain support for initiating cooperation with scientific entities as a part of R&D and innovation under the Innovation Voucher scheme.
Companies may also apply for the status of a research and development centre on the basis of the Act on Some Forms of Support for Innovative Activity.
Alongside R&D, innovation is essential for businesses to develop and stay competitive.
Intellectual property must be protected to encourage research.
Detailed information on innovation policy can be found on the Innovation Portal.
An extensive collection of information on innovation in companies, on the implementation and use of new technologies, taking advantage of EU structural funds to subsidise research and development as well as conferences and seminars on research and development can be found in the Innovations section of the catalogue of services that the Polish Chamber of Commerce offers to businesses.